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Beatrix Hoyt

Beatrix Hoyt (Golf.  Born, Westchester City, NY, July 5, 1880; died, Thomasville, GA, Aug. 14, 1963.)  As a 16-year-old playing out of Shinnecock Hills, Beatrix Hoyt became the second U.S. women’s champion in October 1896, edging Mrs. Arthur Turnure, 2 and 1, in the final at the Morris County G.C. in Morristown, N.J.  Hoyt won […]

Jack Nicklaus

Jack Nicklaus (Golf.  Born, Columbus, OH, Jan. 21, 1940.)  Winner of more major tournaments than any other golfer in history, “the Golden Bear” captured 20 major titles, with two of his most dramatic victories coming in U.S. Opens at Baltusrol in Springfield, N.J., in 1967 and 1980.  Jack William Nicklaus also won the Open in […]

Helen Hockenjos

Helen Hockenjos (Golf.  Born, Paterson, NJ, Aug. 6, 1906; died, Lake Hopatcong, NJ, June 2, 1995.)  A school teacher who played out of Baltusrol, Helen Hockenjos was the New Jersey women’s amateur champion in 1936 and 1939 and won the New Jersey Women’s Golf Association 54-hole title in 1942.  Hockenjos played for more than seven […]

Claude Harmon

Claude Harmon (Golf.  Born, Savannah, GA, July 14, 1916; died, Houston, TX, July 19, 1989.)  The long-time pro at Winged Foot, Claude Harmon was a teaching pro for Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Nixon, and Ford during his long career.  Harmon was, in his earlier years, a tournament pro as well, winning the Westchester Open twice (1946-47) […]

Bob Harlow

Bob Harlow (Golf.  Born, Newburyport, MA, Oct. 21, 1899; died, Pinehurst, NC, Nov. 15, 1954.)  Robert E. Harlow was a sportswriter who left the Herald Tribune in 1947 to found Golf World Newsweekly magazine.  Harlow was a Penn graduate who had a long history in golf, starting in 1921 when he began managing pro golfers, […]

Maureen Orcutt

Maureen Orcutt (Golf.  Born, New York, Apr. 1, 1907; died, Durham, N.C., Jan. 9, 2007.)   One of the “Big Four” of women’s golf in the 1930s and 1940s, Maureen Orcutt was a dominant figure in her sport as an amateur in the days before the formation of the women’s pro tour.  She was a leading […]

Marge Mason

Marge Mason (Golf. Born, Paterson, NJ, Jan. 17, 1918; died, Teaneck, NJ, Nov. 5, 1974.) Rated as one of the top amateur women golfers in the area during her era, Marjorie Mason won 14 championships of various kinds in Garden State women’s golf association competition. Mason was also the 1960 Metropolitan Women’s Open champion.

Tony Manero

Tony Manero (Golf. Born, New York, NY, Apr. 4, 1905; died, Greenwich, CT, Oct. 22, 1989.) A long-time pro in the metropolitan area, Anthony Manero won the 1932 Westchester Open and was a steady contender in area events. Manero won his greatest victory, the U.S. Open, in 1936 at Baltusrol. He shot a record 67 […]

Paul Hahn

Paul Hahn (Golf.  Born, Charleston, SC, June 12, 1918; died, Lake Worth, FL, Mar. 3, 1976.)  The most famous trick shot artist in golf, Paul Hahn started his act in 1949 after three mediocre years on the P.G.A. tour.  Hahn continued to perform regular exhibitions until 1975 even after open heart surgery (1974).  He was […]

Walter Hagen

Walter Hagen (Golf.  Born, Rochester, NY, Dec. 21, 1892; died, Traverse City, MI, Oct. 5, 1969.)  A flamboyant personality and skilled player, Walter Hagen was the best-known U.S. golfer of the 1920s and had a large role in popularizing the game.  Hagen won 40 pro tournaments, including 17 majors, before he retired from regular competition […]

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